Six soldiers, 37 militants killed in Yemen- UPDATED

Yemen said 37 al Qaeda fighters had been killed in heavy clashes in the southern Shabwa province, while car bomber kills six soldiers in south

Six soldiers, 37 militants killed in Yemen- UPDATED

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Yemeni army said Sunday that its forces killed 37 Al-Qaeda militants and wounded scores others during an ongoing security operation in the southern province of Shabwah.

"Most of the slain Al-Qaeda elements are foreigners…from Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Somalia and Chechnya," an unnamed military source was quoted as saying by the official Saba news agency.

The source said the Yemeni army also managed to destroy some of the vehicles and arms used by Al-Qaeda in the province.

A suicide car bomber killed six Yemeni soldiers in the restive southern Shabwa province on Sunday, a military source said, as government forces push ahead with an offensive to uproot al Qaeda militants from their strongholds.

The source told Reuters that 20 soldiers were also wounded in the attack.

Meanwhile, Yemeni bomb disposal experts on Sunday managed to deactivate an explosive charge planted near an intelligence headquarters in the central Yemeni city of Al-Bayda', a security source said.

The source added that unidentified people believed to be affiliated with Al-Qaeda had planted the explosive charge near the building, but a bomb disposal team managed to defuse it.

Yemen has recently started an offensive against Al-Qaeda elements in the southern provinces of Shabwah and Abyan.

The country has been dogged by turmoil since pro-democracy protests in 2011 forced autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33 years in power.

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